Will Hislop
William David Hislop

1993 (age 29–30)
London, England
Occupation(s)Actor, writer, comedian
Parent(s)Ian Hislop
Victoria Hislop

William David Hislop (born 1993 in London, England)[1] is a British actor, writer and stand-up comedian.[2] He is the son of Private Eye editor Ian Hislop and his wife Victoria.[1]

Hislop studied at Tonbridge School followed by the University of Oxford and alongside Barney Fishwick formed a comedy double act called Giants.[3] In 2017 the 23-year-old won the UK's Musical Comedy Awards.[4][5]

In 2020, Hislop's "your aunt on the NHS clap" tweet went viral, gaining 4.2 million views on the platform.[3] He also features in a number of videos such as "When you pretend you're not posh", featuring Hislop as a privately-educated individual downplaying his privileged upbringing (reverse snobbery) and "Sexy guy", which is filmed at the Radcliffe Camera at Oxford.[3]


  1. ^ a b Moss, Stephen (23 September 2011). "Ian Hislop: satirist in chief". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  2. ^ Maxwell, Dominic (18 August 2017). "Edinburgh comedy review: Giants at Pleasance Courtyard". The Times. Retrieved 18 May 2020. (subscription required)
  3. ^ a b c Bickerstaff, Isaac (22 May 2020). "Who is Will Hislop, son of satire royalty Ian Hislop?". Tatler. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Will Hislop wins Musical Comedy Awards 2017". British Comedy Guide. 11 April 2017. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  5. ^ Bennett, Steve (11 April 2017). "Will Hislop takes Musical Comedy crown". Chortle. Retrieved 26 October 2020.